This Ph.D. project focuses on deforestation in the temperate forest in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. A central question is why the Palas valley has remained an almost pristine forest biotope while adjacent valleys of comparable size and population densities are subject to extensive logging operations. The project explores the underlying causes of the unusually low logging activity in Palas, particularly the joint property rights to forest and the local management systems. To be completed in 2000.

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